Regional budgets will have to find additional sources to finance current expenditure
In order to preserve budget surplus, the state budget is envisaged to be reduced by 7-8% in 2016. The state investment programme will be subjected to considerable reductions; the volume of intergovernmental transfers will be reduced, too. Some regional budget revenues for up to 70% depend on gratuitous receipts from higher budgets. On the regional level, secondary costs are likely to be reduced, most profitable regional enterprises are likely to bear an additional financial burden, including non-state enterprises. Regional protectionism may enhance in order to secure funds for local budgets, additional local taxes may be introduced, or existing taxes may be adjusted upwards. When supplying goods and services within the state procurement programmes, the settlement terms may be extended, and volume of overdue payments may increase, leading to a further deterioration with payments in the economy.
Following crackdown and arrests of participants in the spring protests, the authorities resumed arrests as punishment for participating in street protests in addition to fines, which for some time were the only punishment for political activity. On September 22nd, 2017, the riot police detained the Belarusian National Congress leader Nikolai Statkevich, the opposition politician was placed in detention centre on Akrestin street. On the same day, after serving seven days of arrest, another BNC leader, Vladimir Neklyaev, was released. He was sentenced for organising a street protest on September 8th against the West-2017 exercises. Other participants in the protest have been fined too. The authorities are likely to continue to use fines and arrests against political activists to punish for their protest activity.